Chelsea would have kept Romelu Lukaku if not for ownership change

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Gianluca Di Marzio has stated that ex-Chelsea director Marina Granovskia would not have let Lukaku return to Inter Milan after his underwhelming performance. Chelsea’s £97.5million acquisition of Romelu Lukaku was a source of great excitement for Chelsea fans worldwide. His two goals on debut only multiplied that excitement. However, the excitement quickly vanished after an injury to Lukaku in the mid-season and his subsequent underwhelming performances. Furthermore, his infamous interview with Sky Sports added more salt to the wounds of the Chelsea fans. The Belgian sparked controversy after he complained about not getting playing time under Thomas Tuchel. This was the main reason for Lukaku’s fallout with the then Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

Consequently, the Blues sent off Lukaku back to Inter Milan on loan. According to multiple reports, Lukaku pushed a lot for the deal to be completed in the preseason. Todd Bohely’s first outgoing player as a Chelsea owner was the loan of Romelu Lukau. However, Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Granovskia, who was fired by the new owners, would not have let the Belgian leave this summer.

“I don’t think Marina Granovskaia would have allowed his return to Inter,

said Di Marzio.

“She would have kept him at Chelsea walking around Stamford Bridge, rather, or at Cobham. She would not have loaned him out to Inter.”

“Lukaku will not return to Chelsea”- Di Marzio

Speaking to Calciomercato, Gianluca Di Marzio added that it is very unlikely that Romelu Lukaku will return to Stamford Bridge. As things stand, successive loan deals between Inter Milan and the Blues seem like a much better possibility for all the parties involved.

“I really don’t think Lukaku will return to Chelsea”,

said Di Marzio.

How could he still play with the Chelsea shirt? He did everything to return to Inter. I think Chelsea and Inter will find the best solution, maybe another loan because in this deal Inter have paid 8 million for the loan and would pay another 10 million for a new loan next year . The price would then go down more and more if Inter decided to buy it back.”

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